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October 2013 CBA REPORT
president’s brief
Are they responsible? Are there no
insoluble government problems? Or is
it more complicated than that? Debate
is a critical part of our cultural heritage.
Vigorous but polite disagreement is cru-
cial to the formation of new ideas. This
election season, let’s strive to avoid
attacks and engage in civilized
debate. Have the gumption to let us
know what you think; email lmgaffin@
cincybar.org with your responses and
we’ll print the best in the CBA Report.
Geoppinger McCoy is the 2013-2014 president of the
Cincinnati Bar Association.
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The president can only propose a budget. He cannot force the Congress to accept. it.
The Constitution, which is the supreme law of the land, gives sole responsibility to the
House of Representatives for originating appropriations and taxes. O’Neill is speaker of
the House. He is the leader of the majority party. He and his fellow Democrats, not the
president, can approve any budget they want. If the president vetoes it, they can pass it
over his veto.
Just 545 Americans have fouled up this great nation.
It seems inconceivable to me that a nation of 235 million cannot replace 545 people
who stand convicted — by present facts — of incompetence and irresponsibility.
I can’t think of a single domestic problem, from an unfair tax code to defense over-
runs, that is not traceable directly to those people.
When you fully grasp the plain truth that 545 people exercise complete power over
the federal government, then it must follow that what exists is what they want to exist.
If the tax code is unfair, it’s because they want it unfair. If the budget is in the red,
it’s because they want it in the red. If the Marines are in Lebanon, it’s because they want
them in Lebanon.
There are no insoluble government problems. Do not let these 545 people shift the
blame to bureaucrats, whom they hire and whose jobs they can abolish; to lobbyists,
whose gifts and advice they can reject; to regulators, to whom they give the power to
regulate and from whom they can take it.
Above all, do not let them con you into the belief that there exist disembodied mys-
tical force like “the economy,” “inflation” or “politics” that prevent them from doing
what they take an oath to do.
Those 545 people and they alone are responsible. They and they alone have the
power. They and they alone should be held accountable by the people who are their
bosses — provided they have the gumption to manage their own employees.
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